Beneficiary Registration Policy


The Ngati Tuwharetoa (Bay of Plenty) Settlement Trust (“NTST”) is governed by a Trust Deed dated 30 May 2004 (“NTST Trust Deed”).

The NTST Trust Deed refers to Beneficiaries and Registered Beneficiaries.

The NTST Trust Deed provides for a Registration Committee to assess applications to be a Registered Beneficiary, however does not set out the criteria for registration.

The NTST Trust Deed provides that the Trustees have the power to determine all questions and matters of doubt which arise in the course of the management and administration of the Trust. This Policy has been adopted by the Trustees in accordance with that power.



The purpose of this document is to set out NTST’s policy and procedures to be followed in respect of the matters set out below. 

This policy is to be read together with and subject to the Persons with a Disability - Registration and Voting Policy.



The NTST Trust Deed is the governing document for NTST and its terms must be complied with.  This policy document sets out the manner in which the terms of the Trust Deed are applied. 



The Trust Deed contains the following definitions: 

Beneficiaries means every individual referred to in the definition of Ngati Tuwharetoa in this Trust Deed. 


Beneficiaries Register means the register of individual Registered Beneficiaries maintained by The Trust at the Head Office in which are to be entered the names and addresses of all those persons who:


Beneficiaries Registration Committee means the committee appointed pursuant to clause 20.2 and shall comprise:

Registered Beneficiaries means Beneficiaries whose names are recorded on the Beneficiaries Register.



The Trust Deed makes reference to Beneficiaries and Registered Beneficiaries. 


If a person is a Beneficiary of NTST, he or she is:

It is noted that the Trustees are not obliged to make benefits or grants available to any person. Benefits and grants are made at the discretion of the Trustees and on such terms as the Trustees may require. 


Beneficiaries may also apply for registration as a Registered Beneficiary, although registration is not guaranteed.


Registered Beneficiaries who are 18 years of age or over have an additional set of rights enabling a greater participation in certain aspects of NTST including:

If you are a Beneficiary, and your application to be a Registered Beneficiary is declined for any reason, you will still continue to be a Beneficiary of the Trust, and will be eligible to apply for, and if accepted receive benefits and/or grants from NTST, subject always to the discretion of the Trustees as to the terms on which any benefits and/or grants are to be made.



Beneficiaries of NTST are those people who fall within the definition of Ngati Tuwharetoa in the Trust Deed.

Status as a Beneficiary is based solely on whakapapa.

Please see the NTST Policy relating to Whangai, Legal Adoption, Guardianship and Foster Children for further detail as to when such persons will be Beneficiaries.



Subject always to the discretion of the Trustees and the terms on which any benefits or grants are to be made, Beneficiaries are eligible to apply for and if accepted receive benefits and/or grants under the Trust Deed. 

Any person who believes they are a Beneficiary may apply for any benefit or grant which they consider they may be eligible for, provided that he or she must provide details of their whakapapa confirming their status as a Beneficiary with the application. 

In order to simplify a Beneficiary’s interaction with NTST, including simplifying the process for applying for grants which may be available from time to time, a Beneficiary may apply to the Registration Committee for confirmation of their status as a Beneficiary. Once a person’s status as a Beneficiary is confirmed by the Registration Committee, that status will be held in NTST records and there will be no need for a Beneficiary to establish their status in respect of individual grant applications.

To confirm status as a Beneficiary, it is necessary to:

The Registration Committee process is set out further below.



The additional rights which a Registered Beneficiary holds enable participation in key matters relating to the operation of the Trust. Given such rights can impact on the direction of Ngati Tuwharetoa, it is essential that when exercising such rights, Beneficiaries have the best interests of Ngati Tuwharetoa at heart, and are not influenced by outside interests or a greater affiliation with another Iwi.

For a Beneficiary to be afforded the status of Registered Beneficiary, the following criteria must be met. The applicant must:

It is acknowledged that there may be situations where it is difficult to ascertain whether a Beneficiary meets the criteria for registration as a Registered Beneficiary. 

The Registration Committee may consider any information which it considers relevant in the assessment of any application for registration as a Registered Beneficiary. This may include, without limitation:



Any person who wishes to apply for registration as a Registered Beneficiary must:

  1. complete the Beneficiary Application Form which is available from the NTST office in accordance with the instructions on the application form;
  2. attach a copy of the applicants full birth certificate to the application form; 
  3. have the application form endorsed by one of the Approved Kaumatua; and
  4. submit the application form to the Registration Committee along with any other supporting documentation which may be required as noted on the application form.

The Registration Committee process is set out further below.



If a person wishes to apply to be a Registered Beneficiary, the whakapapa set out in his or her application must be endorsed and approved by one of the Approved Kaumatua. 

The Approved Kaumatua as at the date of this Policy are as be:


FOX, Robert (Bob) BROWN, Viola (Whaaeroa)            
HUNIA, Reverend Paora Paatu HUNIA, Raymond Tawhio
TE RIRE, Amorangi Graham (Kahu) VERCOE, Kara
TE RIRE, Te Haukakawa (Boycie) RAERINO, Tumihitai (Hori)
WICKLIFFE, Te Waikaretu (Ani) SCHUSTER, James (Jim)

The Approved Kaumatua may change from time to time.  A current list of Approved Kaumatua may be obtained from the NTST office. 



The Registration Committee shall be entitled to set their own procedure for meetings to consider applications.  The Registration Committee shall make reasonable efforts to meet on a regular basis. 

The Registration Committee must consider all information submitted by the applicant with his or her application form.  

The Registration Committee may make any further enquiries and seek any further information that it considers appropriate to assess the application, however shall be under no obligation to make such enquiries.  

Once  the  Registration  Committee  has  considered  and  made  a  decision  on  an  application,  the  Registration Committee will advise the applicant of the decision. 

If the applicant disagrees with the decision by the Registration Committee, the applicant may, within 20 working days of the date of the decision, apply for the Trustees to reconsider the application.  The applicant may submit further information in support of his or her application.  The Trustees shall approve or decline the application by ordinary resolution. 



This policy was adopted by NTST on 2 May 2013.